Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Sony SLT A77 II vs Sony SLT-A99

Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 vs Sony SLT A77

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

78

Sony SLT-A77

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.74x
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.3 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
More lenses available
123 lenses vs 82 lenses
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50% more lenses available
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
124 ms vs 183 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 3.3 f-stops better
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size
Smaller
143x104x81 mm vs 156x117x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$1,098.89 vs $4,165.89
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The best price we've seen is $3,067 cheaper (3.8x less)
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Almost the same
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Weight
Lighter
732 g vs 895 g
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Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A77's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.2" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A900

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 3100 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,431 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The DSLR-A900 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
880 shots vs 530 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.74x vs 0.72x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              SLT A770.72x
              DSLR-A9000.74x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              SLT A77124 ms
              DSLR-A900183 ms
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              SLT A77123 lenses
              DSLR-A90082 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              19
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              SLT A7725,600 ISO
              DSLR-A9006,400 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              SLT A7711
              DSLR-A9001
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A77801 ISO
              DSLR-A9001,431 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SLT A7778.0
              DSLR-A90079.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $878 - $898 body only

              $1,498 - $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 - $2,798 body only

              $2,896 with 28-75mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,988 body only

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

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              DanO (2:32 AM, December 17, 2011)
              Today is 16 December 2011 and the A77 is nowhere to be found. The few that were sold all have mixed reviews. Even the positive reviews from the Sony website read with negative perspectives. NEX7 is the only Sony camera to be found in very few numbers. The A900 remains as the only good Sony camera that can actually be purchased. As such, it's markedly overpriced for a product that is three years old and out of production!